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Roger Vuataz was born in Geneva and completed his Matura in pedagogics at the Collège Calvin. He studied music at the Academy and the Conservatoire de Genève (Profs. G. Delaye, A Motlu, O. Barblan).
1917-1978 Organ player at the Église Nationale Protestante
1920-1942 Choirmaster in Yverdon and Nyon
1940-1960 Founder and director of the ensemble Maîtrise Protestante
1929-1935 Music critic at the 'Journal de Genève'
1927-1936 Producer of basic music courses and first live-broadcast organ concerts from the church in Carouge for Radio Genève
1937-1943 Responsible for the broadcasting of the concerts of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the performances at the Grand-Théâtre
1931 Receives his diploma for Ondes Martenot to become the first Swiss ondist
1936 Diploma in rhythm from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze
1944-1964 Musical director of Radio Genève; during these 20 years he played an important role in the music scene of the French speaking part of Switzerland
1961-1971 Professorship at the Conservatoire de Genève: course 'Form and Styles'; member of the board of directors.
1962-1969 President of the Geneva International Music Competition
1961-1971 New course in music interpretation on the radio
1963-1975 Member of the board of directors of the Swiss Association of Musicians - receives its prize for composition in 1975
1967 Receives the Music Prize of the City of Geneva "both for his abundant work as a composer and his rich career as an authentic musician"
1972 Prize of the 'Fondation BAT'
1963-1978 President of the F. Viñas International Singing Competition
1965-1969 Nominated as musical expert by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
"Composing means choosing sounds which create amongst each other a musical energy in a sensible unity. Composing means integrating the structure of the form into the spontaneity of indirect language. Composing means finding the style of the work expressing a unique moment of its own evolution." (Roger Vuataz)